Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yes, it's Christmas, but lots of not to be missed news today


My one-year lung anniversary
Feel free to post or forward--I have no HIPAA concerns. (A friend pointed out that I didn't mention Bonnie. My bad--she is always here and a big part of why I am here. I live for her and Britnye and Little Dale. ~Bob)

Quote from The Patriot Post
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." --Thomas Paine, The Crisis, No. 1, 1776

Christmas Satire: Myrrh, Balthazar? One of the Three Wise Men explains his travel plans to his wife. By Alexandra Petri
Excerpt: Balthazar, a Wise Man from somewhere vaguely east who will later feature prominently in at least one Holiday Song, taps nervously on the door to his wife’s office … Listen, so, Cheryl, I was wondering about our holiday plans. I thought we were spending Saturnalia with my folks as usual. Cheryl, you know it’s always a drunken orgy. Yes, Balthazar. It’s supposed to be a drunken orgy. Well, see, that’s the thing. I might – Literally that’s the entire concept of the holiday, that it’s a drunken orgy. Not “might” actually, I definitely have some mage business then. Mage business? Oh yeah. I’m a mage.

General News and Comment

George W. Bush Was Caught Dressed Up As Santa Claus
Excerpt: He came quietly to the medical center, electing to go without any media presence as he often does when he does work with the wounded veterans. But he did come with his Secret Service detail of course and they were dressed splendidly for the occasion. Somehow President Bush convinced his Secret Service agents to dress as elves! 

And how the haters on the left saw him. You can find dozens of pictures like this on the web, now all down the memory hole as they claim no president was ever vilified like Obama has been. The Secret Service would be all over this--rightly so--if Obama was threatened by protest signs as Bush was, to little notice.

Must Read: The Timid Generation: Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan caving in to North Korea. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The present generation may be the most abjectly cowardly cohort in memory. When the Sony Corporation was victimized by North Korean–sponsored hackers upset over Sony’s new movie The Interview, it caved and withdrew the film. The Obama administration so far has offered no real support. Instead it blamed Sony for its appeasement. By joint inaction both Sony and the United States government sent the message that foreign dictators can determine what Americans see or read, as long as their targets are private citizens.

Worth Reading: For four potential 2016 candidates, the challenge is character. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Too often political insiders, in evaluating presidential prospects, get hung up on ideology or even specific positions. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), they said, couldn’t get the GOP nomination in 2008 because he championed immigration reform, or Mitt Romney was ineligible for the nomination in 2012 because of Romneycare. Whether they should have gotten the nomination in the eyes of hard-line conservatives can be debated, but in fact, they and the mainstream media (which often incorrectly adopt the right-wing assessment of the GOP) made a cardinal error: mistaking individual positions with viability and ignoring the role of character.

Obama Approval Among U.S. Service Members Plummets To 15%. By Conn Carroll
Excerpt: The men and women of the United States Armed Forces have never had a lower opinion of President Obama, acceding to a Military Times poll of its readers published today. Just 15 percent of active-duty Military Times readers approve of Obama, down from 35 percent in 2009 and 28 percent just last year. 

Worth Reading: The 20-year Demise of a Blue State. By Rachel Alexander
Excerpt: I left Washington state about 20 years ago for Arizona. A Washington native, I had become fed up with the left-wing politics of Seattle. A couple of years ago, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest. A lot had changed while I was gone, and very little for the better. ... By the year 2000, almost all of Washington’s statewide offices and Congressional delegation were controlled by Democrats, primarily a result of left-of-center Californians moving into the state in order to escape the Golden State’s increasing taxes and regulations.

Worth Reading: Don’t Blame Sony – Blame Obama and the Tort System. By Kurt Schlichter
Excerpt: It's shameful that a company like Sony would go groveling to a deceitful, tyrannical, un-American thug, but this column is not about Sony’s sucking up to Al Sharpton . This column is about a tort system that is dedicated not to justice but to making lawyers richer, and it comes not only at the price of American prosperity but at the cost of our liberty as well. ... So Sony, even if it wasn’t inclined toward submissiveness, had no choice but to cave-in to the Norks and pull The Interview. We have created a tort system that gave it no other choice. If some pack of scumbags walked into a movie theater showing The Interview and opened fire, Sony and the theater companies would get sued. 

Obama Says Sony Should Have 'Spoken to Me First'; Sony Says 'We Did'
Excerpt: And if anyone knows a thing or two about blaming a movie for violence and pressuring someone to remove it from public view, it’s Obama (Benghazi, cough, cough).

Sony confirms The Interview’ will have Christmas Day screenings after all
Excerpt: "The Interview" is getting time on the big screen this Christmas after all. In a statement Tuesday, Sony confirmed that it will be releasing the film in "limited release" in the United States on Christmas Day.

FAT LIP: Rahm Emanuel’s Son Jumped Outside Family’s Home
Excerpt: You see Rahm, this is what happens when you don’t have armed guards around you 24/7 to protect you. Imagine how the rest of the unarmed Americans in your state feel.

Is Liberalism Intellectually Bankrupt? By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: Howard Dean, who is thought to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, told reporters the other day that he supports our policy of using drones to kill people (and all those who happen to be near them) without warning. He also has no objection to the National Security Agency listening to his phone calls and monitoring his email. Donny Deutsch, the reliable voice of the left on “Morning Joe,” told TV viewers that he supports the CIA’s torture activities – recently revealed in a Senate committee report. These views are very different from what one typically finds in the unsigned editorials of The New York Times – causing one to wonder what exactly is happening to left-of-center thinking.

North Korea experiencing widespread Internet outages
Excerpt: North Korea experienced a massive Internet outage Monday, and some researchers and web watchers speculated that the country's online connections could be under cyberattack. The Internet outage comes less than a week after the U.S. vowed an unspecified response to a massive hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment over the release of the comedy film "The Interview." (Might be the US Government. But it might also be non-stare actors on our side with the technical knowhow, applying Fourth Generation Warfare. We may never know. ~Bob)

Downing North Korea's Internet not much of a scalp. By Jeremy Wagstaff
Excerpt: If someone did just knock North Korea off the Internet for half a day, it wouldn't have taken much. With barely 1,000 Internet addresses, one Internet service provider and one connection to the outside world via China, North Korea's cyberlinks are negligible - barely one percent of that of Afghanistan, a similarly impoverished country with a roughly comparable population. By the same token, closing down the links wouldn't have had much of an effect within North Korea.

North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet
Excerpt: “Their networks are under duress,” Mr. Madory said. “This is consistent with a DDoS attack on their routers,” he said, referring to a distributed denial of service attack, in which attackers flood a network with traffic until it collapses under the load. If the attack was American in origin — something the United States would probably never acknowledge — it would be a rare attack on another nation’s Internet connections. ... But it is also not clear that cutting off Internet service, if that is what happened in this case, would slow North Korean hackers. Many are believed to be based in China. Sony’s attackers used servers in Bolivia, Singapore and Thailand to launch their attacks. So any cutoff of Internet services would be mostly symbolic, a warning shot that two can play the game of disruption.

North Korea Threatens Strikes Against the White House, Pentagon and ‘the Whole U.S. Mainland, That Cesspool of Terrorism.’ By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: North Korea said President Barack Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.”

Senate will be worse without Tom Coburn
Excerpt: Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who is resigning his seat on Jan. 3 — two years before his term expires — took to the Senate floor on a Friday afternoon to tie it up one last time. Coburn, an obstetrician who arrived in Congress 20 years ago, had one day earlier given a tearful farewell address in which he criticized the way the Senate is run and urged his colleagues to think less about what they could bring back to their states and more about how they can serve their country. (I agree. Would have been inclined to support him for president. I wish him well on his cancer treatment. He is on my prayer list. ~Bob)

True, this: Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy

Worth Reading: What Causes American Murders: The answer is not American politics. By Kevin D. Williamson
Excerpt: And then, at the very moment when crowds in New York City are demanding “dead cops,” a gunman in Brooklyn, citing the controversy, gives the mob two of them — and the result is . . . silence. As it happens, I agree with my colleague Charles C. W. Cooke that the instinct within some on the right to blame the crimes of Ismaaiyl Brinsley on the riff-raff shouting half-literate slogans around New York and other cities, and on profiteering race-hustlers such as Al Sharpton, is misplaced. But it was much more grievously misplaced when Palin was being put through the ringer, too: for metaphorical crosshairs. The mobs in New York, Ferguson, and elsewhere are not calling for metaphorical murders of policemen, but literal ones. (Literally, Mr. Vice President!) Palin was calling for energetic participation in the democratic process; the New York mobs are calling for energetic participation in mass murders.

World War III - The Calm Before the Storm
Excerpt: "World War III" is a loaded term (as are many historical references). It assumes that these tragic mass murders that humanity calls war, are isolated events with distinct beginnings and ends. This kind of over simplification obscures the multi-generational chain reactions that lead up to that moment when swords are drawn or missiles fly.

Abortion Health Facts Study: After Ban, Chile’s Maternal Death Rate Dropped 69%
Excerpt: According to new research from the MELISA Institute, since Chile’s ban on abortion, not only has maternal health improved but the number of women seeking illegal abortion has plummeted! Since Chile banned abortion in 1989, the number of maternal deaths decreased from 41.3 to 12.7 per 100,000 women (69.2% reduction). That puts Chile in second place for the lowest maternal mortality rate in the Americas (that’s right, even better than the United States).

Nicaragua launches construction of inter-oceanic canal
Excerpt: Nicaragua has announced the start of work on a new canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. At an opening ceremony, Wang Jing, the president of HKND, the Chinese company building the canal, said this moment would go down in history. The 278km (172 mile) waterway will be longer, deeper and wider than the Panama Canal.

An Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights, Argentine Court Rules
Excerpt: An orangutan named Sandra has become the first non-human animal recognized as a person in a court of law. The Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights, an animal advocacy group, had asked Argentine courts recognize the 28-year-old great ape’s right to freedom from unjust imprisonment. (I expect Sandra will now go to law school. Maybe run for Congress. ~Bob)

Rep. Michael Grimm pleads guilty to felony tax fraud, but does not plan to resign
Excerpt: Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.) pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to felony tax fraud, but he said he will not resign, defying calls from Democrats who have called for him to step down.

Gun News

I wonder if those people who killed the 2 cops registered their guns after they legally purchased them. I'm sure of it...aren't you? -- Give the inner cities what they want. Remove ALL the police and let them police themselves. Bingo. That will fix it.

Excerpt: Director Rejina Sincic has created a disturbing video, advocating that teens commits multiple felonies—several of which could lead to injury or death through negligent discharge of the weapon—because of her own hysterical, irrational fear of firearms.
In the video, a boy steals an unholstered (presumably loaded) firearm from his mother’s room, drops it unsecured into his bookbag, and then carries it to school. After class the boy pulls the pistol out of his bookbag and puts it on his startled teacher’s desk, saying, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”

Teen shot to death trying to rob man for Air Jordans
Excerpt: “All the subjects involved in this were there for an athletic shoe release,” Miami Twp. Police Sgt. Jay Phares told reporters Monday. “The juvenile wasn’t able to get in line in time to get these shoes that were being sold and decided to try to take them from somebody who did get some shoes, with force with a firearm. ... “When he was threatened with the firearm, he drew his firearm and discharged it into the juvenile,” Phares said. “What’s tragic is that somebody lost their life over tennis shoes."

Man Shot And Killed During Harrison County Home Invasion
Excerpt: The resident of a Harrison County home shot and killed an intruder during a home invasion early Monday morning. According to a police citation, Raven B. Edwards used social media to contact the homeowner to set up a meeting. Edwards was invited to the residence and shortly after arriving her boyfriend Marcus Gross and Larry Nolen forcibly entered the home shortly after 12:30 a.m. The two males began to assault the homeowner but during the altercation, the homeowner managed to grab a gun and fire the weapon, striking Gross.

Police: 2 killed, 2 injured in Denton shooting
Excerpt: Officers determined that five individuals, including three men they identified as suspects and two men identified as victims, exchanged gunfire. Hinojosa says the victims shot the suspects, killing two of them.

Race Card News

Worth Reading: Who's Responsible? By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.
Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust.

Giuliani: Propaganda From Politicians to Separate Communities From Police is "Shameful." By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: "Police misconduct is a minor part of the problem. Community, serious violent crime is a much bigger part of the problem," Giuliani said. "The people who are saving black lives in the city are [you] the New York City Police Department. I'm not doing it. President Obama's not doing it. Mayor De Blasio's not doing it. He's not out at night walking down housing developments and trying to save children from being killed.

Worth Reading: The Heavy Price of Obama's Race-Bait Rhetoric: NYPD Officers Pay With Their Lives. By Mark Alexander
Excerpt: Similarly, Patrick Lynch, head of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said, “That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable.” Former New York Gov. George Pataki said on Twitter the officers' deaths were a “predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordeblasio.” ... Officers Liu and Ramos were not murdered by “gun violence.” Their murders were inspired by racist rhetoric. ... The Obama administration has fomented racial discord from day one. This toxic discord has been propagated unchallenged for the last six years, and consequently it has permeated deep into the pit of black urban culture where it has festered.

Excerpt: If the anti-police protesters in New York who were braying for dead police officers meant what they said, they should be very pleased tonight. Here is video of their chant, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” Also, according to the Daily Beast, at least one eyewitness says that some people at the scene were cheering the assassinations: (If you oppose this recent anti-police protest movement, these incidents of violence against cops are probably the single most effective way to turn public sentiment against them. (The presence of Al Sharpton was probably the second-most effective way.) Police shootings will do for the anti-police movement what the Oklahoma City bombing did to the militia movement. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt http://www.nationalreview.com/newsletters)

FLASHBACK: Al Sharpton's Marchers in New York City Chant "What Do We Want? Dead Cops!" By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: As Obama civil rights advisor Al Sharpton frantically tries to distance himself from the revenge execution style slayings of two NYPD officers Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, keep in mind that just one week ago protestors at his march in New York City were chanting, "What do we want? Dead cops! When do what them? Now!" 

What do we want? Dead Cops! Clip on Youtube

Excerpt: “But it is the time, congressman,” Banfield said. “There are people who are marching through the streets calling for dead cops in New York.” “They are not, they are not,” Rangel said dismissively. Banfield cut to video that showed protesters chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” (Like Obama, Rangel is used to lying and getting a pass from the media. I'm sure he thinks calling him on his lies is racist. ~Bob)

The Democratic Party Killed Two Cops in New York. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: A lynch mob is all fun and games until someone actually gets lynched. At first everyone has a good time marching around and shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe.” The police are accused of being racist killers by the defenders of actual racist killers like Mumia Abu Jamal. Every community organizer within a thousand miles shows up to brandish signs claiming cops are randomly killing innocent black men even as he spits and throws bottles at any cop within reach. Not to mention engaging in the occasional act of convenience store redistribution.

In New York, rising tensions and calls for unity after two police officers are killed
Excerpt: A day after officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot in their patrol car, recriminations flew in the country’s largest city, with Mayor Bill de Blasio standing at the epicenter. Critics blamed the mayor and his aggressive campaign to reform police practices for the shootings, with officers taking the extraordinary step of silently turning their backs on de Blasio as he entered the hospital where the two patrolmen died.

Who Was Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley? By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: During another press conference held yesterday, the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce noted that Brinsley had 15 prior arrests in Georgia, including misdemeanor assault, grand larceny, shoplifting, and gun possession. The timeline for those arrests range from August 2004 to June of 2013. He was arrested four times in the state of Ohio starting in May of 2009 to September of 2009; he was arrested for robbery and misdemeanor theft. From August 2011 to July 2013, Brinsley was incarcerated in Georgia for criminal possession of a weapon. He was also in prison in Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb counties for sentences of 4 months, 30 days, and 8 months respectively for various crimes.

NYPD Cop Killer Worked For Alleged Muslim Terror Front Group
Excerpt: The Muslim NYPD cop killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley worked for a Muslim Brotherhood front group, according to his Facebook page. GotNews.com has confirmed and exclusively discovered that Brinsley went by another name — Ismaaiyl Abdullah-Muhammad — and that he worked for the Islamic Society of North America.

Interesting Piece: Racism Right and Left: One Man’s Opinion. By Roger L Simon
Excerpt: The left is vastly more racist than the right. It’s not even close. Since I was publicly identified with the right, roughly from when I started blogging in 2003 (although it was actually several years earlier in private), I have personally witnessed not a single incident of racism from anyone who could be considered a right winger and heard only one racial slur — and that was from a Frenchman. In the seven years I was CEO of PJ Media, I came to know or meet literally dozens of people who identified with the Tea Party. I did not hear one word of anything close to racism from any of them even once. Not one, ever. This despite their being accused of racism constantly. The left, on the other hand, is filled with racism of all sorts, much, but not all, of it projected. I used to hear racist comments all the time during the seventies and eighties when almost all my friends were leftist or liberals. During that time black racism was pretty much continuously on the rise, aided and abetted by whites. (The writer does have the history to be able to make a comment about what he sees about racism in this country. And I have seen it pretty much the same way, but of course that still makes me a blind idiot racist to my really Liberal friends. --Del. Interesting short piece. For my much longer essay on racism, with an extensive reading list, see: "Racism in America" http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2014/05/essay-racism-in-america.html) ~Bob)

The Hate-Filled Left: Taxpayers Fund Legal Group With Role in Rap Video About Killing Police Officers. By Evan Gahr
Excerpt: The Obama administration’s Justice Department funneled at least $1.5 million in grants to a New York legal-aid group featured in a new rap video that depicts two young black men aiming handguns at a white police officer.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Lighting Fuses in Oklahoma. By George Will 
Excerpt: Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general, and one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here. In the first, decided in June 2012, the Supreme Court saved the ACA by reading it imaginatively. The court held that although Congress could not, in the name of regulating commerce, penalize people for not engaging in commerce (buying insurance), the penalty linked to the individual mandate actually could be considered – although Congress did not so consider it – an exercise of Congress' enumerated power to tax.

Obamacare’s Christmas surprise
Excerpt: CMS has laid the perfect trap: Sign up at healthcare.gov one time in your life and we will never let you go. If you don’t continually re-enroll each and every year, CMS will keep you on the plan that it chooses because, after all, CMS knows what’s best and they always make the best decision. Oh, and if you don’t believe that, please go to the 600 million dollar website that will give you all kinds of testimonials handcrafted by MIT professors.

Health Cost Holiday Will Soon Be Over. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: But will Team Obama be as willing to credit Obamacare when health costs resume their rapid rise in the years ahead? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expect the nation’s healthcare tab to jump 5.6 percent in 2014 — and 6 percent a year over the following decade. One of the reasons for “faster projected growth in health spending in 2014 and beyond,” according to CMS? The Affordable Care Act.

Religion of Peace News

Obama sends 1,000 paratroopers to Iraq to provide advice: They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney more troops would go to Iraq... they were right
Excerpt: Despite his repeated assertions that there will be no new US ground involvement in Iraq, Obama has definitely entered slippery slope territory. About 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq in late January, the Defense Department announced Friday.

A Good Start: Pakistan to execute 500 militants in light of Peshawar massacre
Excerpt: Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants following the deadliest terror attack in the nation’s history, officials said Monday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reinstated the death penalty for terrorism-related cases in response to Tuesday’s attack on a school in Peshawar, which left 149 people, including 133 children, dead, the Agence France-Presse reported. (Say, Obama wants to empty Gitmo...~Bob)

Excerpt: In a recent video released by the media wing of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group provides detailed information to its fighters on methods of avoiding detection by drones. The 16-minute video, titled "Battling Espionage Planes - Camera," is largely about the technologies employed by drones in detecting individuals and vehicles on the ground and provides instructions about how to disrupt such technologies.

The Real Islam: Driver Shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' Runs Down 11 French Pedestrians
Excerpt: A driver screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is great") appeared to deliberately mow down about a dozen pedestrians in the French city of Dijon before being arrested on Sunday, officials said.

UK powerless to stop Islamic child marriage. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: The UK can do nothing to stop this because the UK does not have the will to stop the advance of jihad and Sharia in Britain. The Home Office will act against counter-jihadists such as Pamela Geller and me, but wouldn’t dare enrage its increasingly aggressive Muslim population by moving against child marriage. Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

Remember the liberal mantra: All cultures are equally valid. Asian father-of-four raped pub worker for three hours after dragging her off the street saying 'you white women are good at it'
Excerpt: The woman, who is in her 20s, was walking home from work in Bedford at around 11pm when she was grabbed by Abdul Ghafoor, 33, and forced her into undergrowth, a court heard. Ghafoor had drunk five rum drinks when he came up behind her and bundled her into the bushes where he began sexually assaulting her in an attack that lasted from 11.25pm until 2.45am. (According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general, as does this passage. “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed” (Qur’an 23:1-6). The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition: -- Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org)

Muslims demand food banks provide pork-free free food section
Excerpt: Muslim activists in Minnesota – that’s the heartland city that’s sent at least two men to fight on the side of Islamic fascists in Iraq – are demanding their own section in the local food bank so illiterate immigrants can pick up free food that lives up to their expectations. According to WCCO, the CBS affiliate in the Twin Cities, a group of Somali immigrants marched into Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin’s office last week to demand he do something about the pork and beans and other free foodstuffs that are contaminating the provender. Some people think free food is some kind of charity. “It’s about human rights also, basic human rights to get the proper food and also healthy food,” said Hassan Mohamud, the immigrants’ imam.

Journalist Embedded with ISIS: They’re ‘More Dangerous than People Realize’
Excerpt: “130,000 Christians have been evicted from the city, the Shia have fled, many people have been murdered and yet the city is functioning and people actually like the stability that the Islamic State has brought them.” Nonetheless, he also says there is an air of fear among residents: “Of course many of them are quite scared, because the punishment for breaking the Islamic State’s strict rules is very severe.”

Excerpt: The unbelievable story comes as President Obama frees more and more terrorists—including four to Afghanistan over the weekend— long held in the military compound at the U.S. Naval base in southeastern Cuba. The president’s goal is to close the prison, a campaign promise that dates back to 2008, by relocating the last of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Still left at the facility are 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Hundreds of Gitmo terrorists have been discharged over the years under a program that started with President George W. Bush and continued full-throttle with this administration. (We will regret the terrorists Obama has released. ~Bob)

Iraq's Popular Reality TV Show Forces Convicted Terrorists to Face Their Victims' Families
Excerpt: An Iraqi television show is forcing perpetrators convicted of carrying out terror attacks — many of whom are affiliated with the so-called Islamic State — to publicly confess and face relatives of their victims.

Excerpt: The Islamic State has released pictures online purporting to show its fighters routing a unit from the Hezbollah Brigades near the towns of Yathrib and Tal Gold in Salahaddin province. Based on the date given in the photo set, the fighting took place on Dec. 19. (ISIS and Hezbollah killing each other? Pass the popcorn. ~Bob)

Driver shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ then drives into Nantes Christmas shoppers
Excerpt: A DRIVER shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ has crashed through a crowded Christmas market in France, the second such attack in two days. France’s top security official says the driver of the van then stabbed himself several times after the incident. (What Obama calls a "traffic incident." ~Bob)

Another Minnesotan possibly killed fighting for ISIS
Excerpt: Reports on social media indicate another Minnesotan may have died fighting for ISIS in Syria. A Twitter user who is known to have connections to al-Shabaab in Somalia, claims the man was killed during a recent U.S.-backed offensive in the Syrian city of Kobane. On Twitter the militant said, “Allahu Akbar (God is Great), a young Somali brother I used to know back in Minnesota got Martyred in Kobane.”


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://tiny.cc/g02s4 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: http://tinyurl.com/o4nu65u. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com.

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